From today's New York Times:
He is happy that all pitchers are not Tim Hudson, the former Oakland right-hander now with Atlanta. "He's very tough for me, and very smart," Suzuki said. "With every pitch there's a feeling into that pitch, a spirit, a passion. Even when I can guess what and where he's going to pitch the ball, he knows I'm guessing it, and he throws it there anyway and still gets me out. He's somebody you want to face, and don't want to face. It's a battle, but a challenge."
I know we've already gone through our Tim Hudson mourning stage, after we finally worked through denial and anger, so sorry to reopen old wounds. Just thought it was cool to see Ichiro's thoughts on Huddy, and it makes me smile to know that he enjoyed engaging in these battles as much as we enjoyed watching them. It was always cool watching pure talent and finnesse take on heart, grit and off-the-chart-competitiveness. Once again, sorry for the sentimental waxing, but my kudos to Ichiro for capturing the essence of Huddy, even if it was through an interpreter.